It can be very daunting and frightening when you live in another country. Many people who move to another country suffer from anxiety due to cultural shock and others can suffer from being homesick to the point where it makes them depressed. If these issues are left untreated, the person living in a new environment may develop more serious mental health disorders and this can make them more at risk of turning to drugs or alcohol, resulting in an addiction.
Here at Step One we have a varied multi cultural team spread across several locations and are very experienced in communicating with non-English speakers.
The principle of an effective rehab treatment won’t change due to the addict not being able to speak English. However, the elements of effective communication in rehab treatments is quite often essential.
A lot of the treatments for drug and alcohol addictions focus on group, individual, and family therapy sessions with a medical professional, psychologist or counsellor. It’s very important for the recovering addict to be able to communicate honestly and openly. There needs to be as little risk of miscommunication or misunderstanding as possible.
Addictions are determined by certain sets of behaviours. It’s very possible to determine if a person has substances in their system through various tests. However, it is not possible to test someone to see if there is an addiction present. Instead, this is found out through various talk therapies and counselling sessions undertaken in alcohol rehab.
Some examples of behaviours that an addict may show are as follows:
• The inability to stop taking substance even though they want to stop taking them
• The inability to stop abusing substances even though they know this is making them mentally and physically ill
• Putting substances above other things in their life such as responsibilities, studies, or their job
• Taking part in dangerous or reckless activities due to substance abuse
• Spending a lot of time and money on substances
• An inability to control how much they are consuming substances
These behaviours in addition to other psychological problems such as tolerance and withdrawals can indicate that there is an addiction present. Addictions are a type of behaviour and cognitive behavioural therapy is the most effective method of treatment for this.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a type of talking therapy that is designed to help someone learn new ways of thinking and learning ways to change their behaviours. This type of treatment consists of a therapist meeting with the person a number of times over several weeks. They will discuss various topics to get to the root of the addiction and how the addict sees themselves and the world around them. In these sessions, the addict will learn how to make better decisions and how to change their behaviours.
When the addict is not in their sessions, they will complete homework to help them focus on their recovery. The ability to communicate with your counsellor fully during cognitive behavioural therapy is important for it to work properly.
Some other examples of therapies where communication is important is group therapy and family therapy. In group therapy, the person will communicate with other addicts and motivate and encourage one another. It’s important for members to understand each other so that the goals of group therapy become a reality.
Family therapy is important in an addiction recovery programme. It’s important for the counsellor to be able to communicate properly with each member of the family. This type of therapy focuses on teaching the family members about addiction and how to best support their loved one in their recovery journey.
As well as talk therapies, many addiction treatment plans include some alternative treatments tha’ don’t rely on communication as much. An example of this is yoga. Yoga is a combination of breathing, postures and meditation to help a person relax. Research has shown that yoga can help people with certain psychological and health conditions related to addictions, depression, and anxiety.
Giving up drugs or alcohol can be very challenging. However, rehab treatments focus on addressing the underlying causes like low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and trauma.
Stopping and then staying away from alcohol is all about a psychological shift and lifestyle changes that are best achieved through various psychological therapies and peer support. Getting down to the root of the problem and then doing something about it is fundamental to achieving the much-needed long-term behavioural changes and remaining sober.
Recovery can be tricky and it won’t happen overnight. There is no quick fix when it comes to addictions. It takes the right levels of motivation, support, time, and hard work.
Recovery can be very tricky after prolonged use as the body and mind become so used to being able to function with the substance. Dealing with detoxing is one thing. However, learning to stop, remain sober, and avoid relapsing is another thing.
The sooner you get treatment for your addiction, the better. It’ll be much easier to recover earlier in the addiction so it’s important to reach out for help as soon as you can.
There are two methods for treating addictions. These are outpatient treatment and inpatient treatment.
Outpatient treatment allows the addict to remain in their own home while undergoing treatment. They will take part in their counselling sessions a few times each week and return home after each session. This type of treatment is only recommended for those with mild addictions as it’s not very effective for those with more serious addictions.
Inpatient treatment requires the patient to reside in a treatment centre where they will be monitored constantly by medical professionals. There are many benefits to choosing inpatient rehab as this type of treatment puts you in a new environment where you are away from your usual triggers.
If you want to find out more about how we can support you in rehab as a non-English speaker, get in touch with our team today for more information on what we can offer to you.